California sweet cherry production drops 63 percent

California sweet cherry production drops 63 percent

California sweet cherry crop drops due to the warm and dry winter which reduced chilling hours which combined with poor pollination resulted in minimal crop set and record-low yields. Northwest sweet cherry crop looks good in quality and quantity.

2014 California sweet cherry production is forecast at 30,000 tons, down 63 percent from the 2013 crop and the smallest crop since 1998, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Sacramento.

The forecast is based on 33,000 bearing acres.

California growers mostly produce the popular Bing sweet cherry from Sacramento in the north to Bakersfield in the south.

The warm dry winter reduced chilling hours which combined with poor pollination resulted in mi

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